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Sony PSP Go! - Handheld game system - Piano Black / Release date: 2009-10-01

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      06.09.2012 06:33
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      Very good device, I'd give it 4 out of 5 stars in total

      Hello! This is my review on an excellent little device called the Sony PSP GO -

      I decided to buy myself a PSP Go just over a year ago, as I thought what a great way to pass time while flying or travelling - and when I went to the shop to have a look at them after seeing the advert on TV, I came out of the shop £179.99 worse off but with a brand new PSP Go and 10 Brand new games! What a bargain!

      The PSP Go is a renewed model of the Sony PSP, that I used to enjoy playing when I was about 13 or 14 years old. As a 17 year old at the time, the biggest appeal of the PSP Go was the fact that I could store all of my music onto it, and download films and download games to watch and play. The PSP Go comes with a built in 16 GB memory card that has plenty of storage space for about 12 downloadable full games, storage space for a lot of photographs and about 200 songs, which is plenty of space for the average consumer.

      Unlike the older PSP models, the PSP Go games are not on disk, they are download only games, this means that there's no need to go looking for your games and there's none of that bother with all the hassle of taking them in and out, it's just one click of a button and they all load up, meaning that you can switch through and play any game you want while your out and about, on the move. This means that you don't have to take any games with you while your catching a plane, it's all stored on the 16GB memory card.

      The PSP Go console itself looks very nice, it's available in White or Black colours and is a very small size, which is ideal and matches the name Go - making it easy to take out with you on the go :) The picture is very good, and the screen is a nice size. The sound is also very good for a small little device which is great for listening to music on, even without headphones.

      Also the battery is very good, mine one does about 5 hours of game-play before running out. Which is a very good amount of time I'd say, especially on a flight to America, this is a good way to pass the time on a long flight abroad.

      Overall, I'd say that the value for money is very good, it does seem expensive at £179.99 but I'd say it's worth the price, when it comes with 10 games. But I'm not sure if that offer is still available any more, it was a promotion at the time of my purchase.

      The downsides are however, is that it seems that Sony do not bring out many news games on the device, in fact there has hardly been any new games for the PSP console in the past 18 months. But there is a massive library of games to download to keep you busy. The Playstation Store (Where you download the games from, accessed over wi-fi internet) has a lot of good value games to choose from, there is a section where the games are £7.99 each, which seems reasonable to me. However, there are some games that have extremely expensive prices, for example, F1 2009 which is an old game, it's £27.99 on the store to download, where as you can buy it in a shop on disk for the older PSP model for about £6.99. It seems that once the games are put up for sale on the store, the prices are not dropped ever and you end up paying way over the odds for a game if you really want it. I've not spent over £8 on a game as I don't think that there worth any more than that. Also, the storage space is 16GB which is very good for the average consumer, but if you enjoy your music, films and games a lot you'd have to pay about £20 for an additional 16GB memory SD card (there's a SD card slot on the console) making a total of 32 GB which is a lot of storage space.

      You can also buy Playstation Network vouches online, for £20 and you get £25 Playstation Store Credit which makes the games a little bit cheaper overall.

      Also the PSP Go has a built in internet browser like the other PSP models, meaning that you can browse the internet through wireless internet (wi-fi) the only downside is that it does not support Java meaning that you cannot watch videos on YouTube on a PSP Device, which is disappointing.

      I'd really recommend buying one of these for the price it is, it's a great way to pass time on long flights. I only really play it when I'm travelling, but I'm glad that I bought it as it been well worth the money for me over the past 18 months.

      Thank you :)

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        15.08.2012 20:06

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        Get a Vita or go back to PSP 3000 slim and lite

        I've owned a PSP 3000 in the past, and sold it because I never played it. When I saw a PSP Go for sale, I bought it, because I missed playing my old PSP games.
        I'm annoyed that I even bothered.
        The thing with the PSP Go, is that it has no UMD loader. At all. Any thing you want to watch or play has to be downloaded from the PSN network store. I knew this when I bought it, and had no issues with that, and I feel the console itself is really let down by the fact that the PSN network store really doesn't have an awful lot to offer in the range of PSP games that I play.

        The console itself is light and relatively comfortable. It's considerably smaller, opening like a slide phone.
        The screen size is half an inch smaller than a PSP 3000, though the resolution is the same. There is really no other difference between them, other than the fact the PSP Go contains a built in 16GB flash drive, expandable with a micro memory stick, and it has no USB or UMD loader.

        I'm kicking myself repeatedly, I can't play it because there aren't half the games I expected to be able to play on the PSN, so it was a complete and utter waste of money. If I could have checked the PSN before hand, I wouldn't have bothered.

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        20.06.2012 11:56

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        great portable gaming system

        I know with all the advertising and marketing campaigns a lot of attention has been brought to the new pspvita... but why all the hype? it costs more than a ps3 in a lot of cases, there arent that many games available (i know its early days but still) and each game costs you a fortune... all this for a portable gaming system that wouldnt last half a car journey down the country....

        The psp go may be old but there are so many good qualities about it that are purely down to its age... it doesnt cost the earth, i bought mine last month for £80, i already have about 15 games stored on it, there are so many games out there including copies of most ps1 and ps2 games, its all you need for something that essentially is a means to pass the time out and about...

        you're on the bus for half an hour, a train for 2 hours or a flight abroad for say... 4 hours... none of these situations call for having access to super HD gaming... its not worth it, old games are fun and made for playing not for looking pretty... i would seriously recommend choosing the psp go over the new VITA unless your only want for it is to have super HD... bear in mind that in a lot of pawn and second hand shops the most common portable console you'll find is the pspVITA.......... that's saying something!

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        27.02.2011 12:06
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        Don't buy this if you already have a PSP and if you don't have one, wait for the NGP!

        The new PSP GO is the latest PSP to be released by Sony! The inital launch of the PSP GO was terrible and Sony had to relaunch it with a get '10 games free' offer. However the PSP GO is still very expensive for what you get and not really worth buying.

        Definitely do not buy this if you already have have of the old PSP models. While the screen is larger and a lot clearer in the PSP GO, the differences a miniscule when compared to the PSP -3000 model's screen. The unit allows you to slide the screen up, thus protecting the buttons below the screen.

        The button placement is fiddly compared to the older PSPs, since the analog stick is on the right of the D-pad instead of underneath it like the older models and if you have big hands, you will find it difficult to operate the PSP.

        One advantage that the unit does have however, is that it contains 16GB of flash memory, giving you plenty of space to store all of your games that you want to buy of the PSN store only. Did I say 'PSN store only?' This is because the PSP GO doesn't contain a UMD drive (this was a failed technology in the first place by sony), so you cannot buy pre-owned or new UMDs anymore. While this certainly annoyed me, since I like the PSP cases and to have a hard physical copy of the game itself is much better than a Downloaded copy.
        You can backup all of your purchases to your computer via 'Media Go', which is a simple process!

        The games only look slightly clearer with the new screen, but other than that there are no graphical improvements!

        The PSP still allows you to play music, watch films and all the features of the previous PSPs (including the option to output video to a television. You can also still view comics via the PSN store.

        Battery life is still very much the same as the PSP-3000 (yes and it doesn't even have a UMD drive, quite astounding really!)

        The PSP GO is not worth purchasing (if you haven't bought one now, you may as well wait for the NGP that will be coming out in not many months time). If you already have a PSP, don't even bother wasting your money! However if you really want this, Sony have dropped the price of all their PSPs. I personally would just get a PSP Slim N' Lite, a 16GB memory stick duo and then have plenty of money left for games, rather than spend the money on the GO.

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        03.02.2011 23:48
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        Got a PS3, Get a PSP

        I used to have a PSP, it was great if a little chunky to carry around. It played games, music, movies and best of all controlled my PS3 remotely from anywhere in the world via WIFI.

        The new PSP go, still does virtually everything the original did, however Sony have redesigned this new version of the console to be smaller, lighter and easier to have with you at all times. Featuring a 'mobile phone' style slide function to reveal the controls, this unit is virtually all screen on first inspection. Great stuff although this screen has been reduced from the originals size of 4.2" to 3.8". This is no problem however as the resolution is the same, meaning graphics are sharp and clear.

        It does fit easily in a pocket and with the new bluetooth support you can sync with your mobile headset to play in public.

        The downside of this new console is that sony have opted for a proprietary plug for charging, meaning you can no longer just use any available mini usb cable, if you want to charge on the move you'll have to have the special cable with you. Suddenly not so portable. Battery life is ok at 4-5 hours but if you forget your cable you'll have to return home or buy a new one.

        Sony have also dropped the UMD slot, ,meaning if you're a current PSP owner and have games on physical disc this is maybe not for you. Sony currently offer no exchange on owned UMD's to downloadable data so you have to purchase any new games again. This does mean that once bought, you own the rights to download again and again. Purchased games are yours forever.

        I truly feel if you have a PS3 you should have one of these. Towards the end of the year Sony plan to launch the PSP2 which will blow the current PSP away, but for now its a great little toy/tool for very little money. And certainly far more powerful than its DS rival.

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          23.09.2010 22:59
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          Good PSP.

          The PSP Go is the newest handheld gaming console on the market. Although it may have received A LOT of bad press it really isn't that bad, it is in fact, quite impressive.

          I bought the PSP Go the 3rd of October last year from Play.com, costing exactly £200 of my hard earned cash. After waiting at least 2 weeks the box finally came, now to open it up.

          **The packaging and box contents**

          The PSPGo conosle box contains:
          The PSPGo console itself
          An AC adapter for the USB
          The USB cable (Handles media transfers, charging, content transfer etc)
          An instruction manual
          A few random papers

          The box is neat and tidy and the console is held securely in place by excessive amounts of cardboard (A wonderful suprise to open up to when you've been waiting for over 4 weeks for your new console).

          **Iniatial turn on**

          Upon turning the system on you are greeted with a screen asking you to set up the time & date. This process is quick and easy, taking 2 minutes at the most. After this you're ready to 'Go' (pun intended) Simply sign in (providing you have a Playstation Network user name and account) and begin downloading all of your favourite games from the Playstation Store. The PSP Go contains a 16gb Hard drive and contains a M2 Memory card slot, making the memory extendable.

          **Layout**

          The main menu system of the PSP Go is based on a XMB (Cross media bar) which PS3 users like myself will be immediately familiar with, even if you're not familiar, it only takes a little while to get used to this easy menu system. The XMB consists of:
          Music
          Video
          Game
          Browser/internet features
          Playstation Network
          Settings

          These are all easy to navigate and will provide a quick method of playback and media access.

          ** Games and how to access them**

          Although every Playstation console so far has contained a disc drive, Sony have opted for a simpler, easier to access way of getting your entertainment direct to your console. This method as previously mentioned is the Playstation Store. Content is accessed through opening up the store via the console over a wi-fi connection or via the Media Go software provided with the console. I as an individual prefer the first method. If you have previously owned a certain amount of UMD game discs for an older model of PSP there is a (rather ineffective) way of getting back some of the valuable discs you can no longer play on this console, if you're interested google it as I've forgotten how to do it.

          **Gameplay and buttons**

          The gameplay provided by the PSP Go is of great quality, although unofficial, I'd say the screen on the Go is slightly crisper than any other handheld, even its sibling PSP models. The graphics are of good standards and provide deep immersive gameplay. However, one downside to this console is that its buttons are simply just too small! I often struggle to press a single button as my big thumbs often hit 2 at the same time. This could be a problem if at that crucial point in a game where the player must do a specific action or else they fail, I've often found myself being frustrated due to pressing the wrong button purely by accident. Aswell as the usual buttons, the *screen brighter* button and the sound/volume buttons are placed awkwardly ontop, luckily I've got big hands so this isn't a problem for me, but for some I expect it is.

          **Summary**

          Although the Go could be seen as a step up from previous PSP models, it could also be seen as a step down in terms of buttons and other negative points.

          Positives:

          Easier access to games
          Smoother gameplay
          Crisper screen
          Stylish features here and there
          Easy to navigate
          Built in 16gb hard drive, extendable memory

          Negatives:

          Buttons awkwardly placed
          No disc drive
          Slightly over priced

          Overall a wonderful console, a purchase which I certainly don't regret.

          Thanks for reading, feel free to rate/comment appropriately!

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            16.07.2010 01:29
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            Go and get the PSP Go!

            The PSP Go is the latest model of Sony's handheld range and makes a lot of notable changes. I've just purchased mine and all in all I'm really quite pleased! The PSP Go has had some bad press so I'm going to try and clear its good name. I'm going to focus on the exciting aspects rather than the dull 'battery life' and 'brightness' stuff. The other reviews cover all of that!

            The thing that put me off of the original PSPs was the size of the darn things. I don't care if Sony call the newer models 'Slim and Lite' they still look 'Wide and Clunky'. So I'm glad to see that they have produced a true portable console and added a cool sliding mechanism as well. The console looks far better than the earlier models not just because of its size but because of everything about it! The shoulder buttons are finished with a chrome effect and all the sliders/buttons on the outside of the console are metallic and slick. It looks like something Tony Stark from Iron Man would use.
            I went with the piano black model because let's face it, who wants a white PSP? If you're not convinced I urge you to go and try one in the shops, it looks and feels premium.

            Upon booting up the PSP you're presented with a familiar 'XMB' interface which if you've used any Sony product with a screen recently you'll instantly recognise. PS3 owners will be pleased to see that everything is pretty much the same on the PSP as it is on their console. From the home screen you can scroll from left to right and up to down to quickly and easily navigate through your content. Speaking of content, you can fit quite a lot on it considering it has a huge 16gb of internal memory, well this is actually more like 14gb when you factor in the built in software. This can be expanded by an M2 card of up to 16gb which will effectively double your storage. I personally won't bother with it since I already have an MP3 player and I won't want hundreds of games on there at the same time. How many games can you possibly play at once anyway?

            -Slight Update- (More to come)
            As I've received some constructive criticism, I'm going to talk a little bit about the 'boring stuff'. The PSP Go features a rechargeable battery which can be charged through the mains and via a USB device such as a PC or your PS3. The cable provided is a proprietary cable which replaces the mini USB cable used in previous models. The cable I was supplied with consisted of a mains plug with a slot for the USB end of the cable but I understand some models come with a less modern power brick, mains cable and USB cable. The battery takes just over 2 hours to fully charge via the mains and a bit longer via a USB connection (I think it's around an hour longer). A full charge will allegedly give you around 5 hours of battery life out of your PSP Go. I've never let the battery get very low at all so I can't really comment on its actual battery life. Of course if you're using the wireless features and have the screen brightness set high and sound going at full blast then you will have considerably less battery life.

            As well as playing games (more on that later) you can listen to music, watch films, chat over the internet for free with Skype, browse the internet, chat with PSN friends etc. As Sony always says, the game is just the beginning. The PSP really is designed to be an all in one entertainment device and it does it really well. It's large screen and standard headphone jack make it perfect for entertainment. If you own a PS3 you can also synch your PSP to stream content over the internet which is pretty snazzy. Some PS3 games allow you to use the PSP to unlock extra features. In Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines you can synch up to your PS3 to unlock new items in Assassin's Creed 2. I also hear the upcoming Grant Turismo 5 game on PS3 will allow you to use your PSP as a rear view mirror!

            Now then, this is a games console at heart so let's talk gaming. You've seen the half sized boxes in the shops with PSP games in them right? Well forget about them because the PSP Go does not have a UMD drive to play them. This is a good thing because it means no more clunky disks to carry around and you can download games whenever you want via the internet. Gaming is moving away from being a product to being a service and Sony is leading the way. If you have a PS3 or a PSP then you will most likely sign up to the Playstation Network or PSN as they call it. PSN allows you to connect with friends (some you know and some you meet in games), share trophies you've earned in games on your facebook page and most importantly to download content such as games, videos, themes etc. The playstation store offers loads and loads of games, more than you could ever play in a lifetime (Accurate?) . You can download full PSP blockbuster titles such as Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (31.99) or God of War: Chains of Olympus (14.99), you can download classic PS1 titles like Medieval or Final Fantasy IV (usually around 3.99 with larger games being around 8) or you can download 'Minis' which are small bite sized and usually addictive games (3.49 each). The store is updated with new content each week and features a special offers section for discounted games which is good news!

            What has yet to be mentioned in the reviews is the arrival of Playstation Plus which is a new premium subscription service which looks very promising. Certainly PS3 owners should buy an annual subscription of £40 but I'd advise those with just PSPs to wait awhile and see what content they add before you invest but it's likely to be worth it. Essentially it's a premium club for PSN members to be a part of. You will get exclusive free games, PS1 classics and Minis, full game trials to decide before you buy, early access to demos and beta tests and regular discounts in the PSN store. I've already made my money back but that's mainly on PS3 content so it isn't so relevant to this review. It's worth looking out for though. -HINT- for a slightly cheaper subscription buy a couple of cheaper PSN vouchers, it makes the subscription cost around £35, this also works for games and anything bought from PSN.

            The most important thing which drove me to buy a PSP Go is a limited time offer that Sony is doing. If you buy a PSP Go (older PSPs do not count) which has not had a user register a PSN account on it then you qualify. This means in theory you could get one second hand for around £170 but I'd advise against it because I've found a decent deal elsewhere which I'll share later but also because you cannot guarantee whether the previous owner registered a PSN account or not. Moral of the story = Buy New! So what is the offer? Well if you buy a PSP and register yourself a PSN account and then download the special PSP Go promotion theme (a theme is a jazzy wallpaper for your PSP homescreen) you will receive a special email. The email contains a PSN voucher code for 10 game worth over £200 if you were to buy them from the PSN store. They're good games too and include littlebigplanet, wipeout and assassin's creed. This is true value especially with the deal that I got. Shopto are offering a brand new PSP Go for £174.85 with a £20 PSN voucher!! It's mad so essentially you get a PSP Go for under £155 and £20 to spend on games on top of the 10 free games you get from Sony. The 10 free games offer is only valid until midnight on the 30th of September 2010 so get in there quick!

            You're paying for the best handheld console on the market in terms of innovation, graphics, gameplay and features. The graphics and gameplay beat the DS and Iphone hands down. You'll be playing real games as well as the casual games you can find on other platforms. If this review hasn't convinced you then nothing will!

            Thanks for reading!


            Any questions or comments you know what to do .... Keep them to yourself!! Haha Of course feel free to comment :D

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              10.05.2010 22:37
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              The bad outways the Good..

              I own and have done for some time now the original PSP.. and it was alway a winner for me, firstly for games on the go, but also for all the other aspects like the movies and music (not to mention its internet browser - which was fairly impressive when it first came out given the current products on the market)

              And so, as newer versions of the device were released.. .. my temptations grew as I yearned to own the newer models. BUT, it took the PSP Go to really push me into buying another one, as I marvelled at its total transformation into a new breed of portable device.

              But how very wrong I was, despite the good bits (which I really wish were all there was to discover about the "Go"). There are a few major flaws which bugged me and annoyed me to the piont of unhappy chappy.

              Good Bits:- Slide Screen / Streamline design / completely online emersed with games to download (no game discs) / bluetooth

              Bad Bits:- No products easily available for bluetooth headphones (but no audio control plug for a wired control link up) / poor battery life (worse than any of its predessesors) / difficultly placed controls and uncomfortable buttons / No generic USB socket (like previous psp's)

              The Really bad bit:- There is a known fault with the charging aspect of the device, and as I was getting to familiarise myself with my new PSP Go. I was totally thrown, when my PSP that I'd put on charge the night before, refused to charge FULL STOP!... NOT GO, BUT STOP is what it should be called. . . as I had spent a fair amount of money on purchasing online content tied completely to this device, only to find it was now rendered useless!

              Don't buy it, and move on.. its not worth the hastle using a device with such major hardware problems.

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                30.12.2009 18:15

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                if you get one for a present trade it asap for a psp3000

                Christmas morning i dont know who was more excited me or my son i finally got my psp go from my wife. i read the hype and i was really excited. and then when i had it in my hands my excitement turned to frustration. I really dont kno what going on with sony the ps3 now this. Ok where do i start screen is smaller than the psp. Its top heavy and after playing and hour on Gran Turismo i thought my thumb was going to fall off. ok i may be being a bit harsh on it if im honest though the only plus point i can see is the slide feature is pretty cool. online is as painful as the ps3. The awkward placement of the anologue stick is awful. Oh it does have bluetooth too another cool feature. It also fits in your pocket which Sony did say it would do. Mums, Dads and kids get the psp3000 its cheaper the sreens bigger and its more comfortable than the go.

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                Good review based on a person who has played handhelds all his life.

                I purchased a PSP GO! just under two months ago and was amazed at how small and compact it is compared to its pre-decessors the psp 1000, 2000 and 3000. The PSP GO! now has a smaller frame and screen and also slides up which gives it a sleek and much more modern feel than the old sony portables. Now with sixteen gigabytes of internal memory and the additional slot for an M2 memory card, the sony PSP GO! has no problems with storing all of your music, video clips, movies and games making it one of the best all round video game consoles on the market. Unfortunantly it does not allow its user to play games that you have bought in shops (UMD discs) which is a let down but with now plenty of games available on the playstation network you can download the latest and best games at the touch of a button. The PSP GO! now hosts a different button layout with them being much smaller and the analog stick being moved to sit to the right of the directional arrows instead of being underneath it. All in all the new version of the playstatiom portable is sleek, modern and much more portable than its previous versions but with it just over £200 it just does not seem to be worth its expensive price tag. I would recommend it to hardcore gamers but for the casuals out there, they should purchase the psp 3000 which is much more cheaper.

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                A cute - but expensive - new little number from La Maison de Sony

                If there's one thing you can be sure of EVERY Christmas without fail, it'll be that there's a new gadget that everyone wants and (very quickly) everywhere runs out of. This year, all the predictions are that this year's 'must have' gadget is going to be Sony's new handheld games console, the PSP Go! The Go replaces the standard PSP as Sony's flagship portable player and has some stiff competition from Nintendo with their new DSi.

                So what's the draw for the PSP Go?

                Well, for starters it's much more portable than the previous PSP console. It's slimmer, smaller, more compact and lighter and moves the market on leaps and bounds to become the most portable system you can currently buy. Don't necessarily believe the hype in its entirety; I still couldn't agree that this is pocket-sized, unless your definition of pockets is restricted entirely to 'very large ones on the side of a pair of cargo pants'. But the Go does fit snugly between two hands and seems to mimic the new generation of Nokia handsets that are designed in much the same way. The Go's biggest draw seems to be the new sliding concept. In essence, you slide the screen upwards to reveal all the controls underneath, making effective use of size and weight and greatly reducing the width of the console. The mechanism is smooth and simple. The Go doesn't feel as though it could break easily but neither does it feel clunky and hard to handle. It's a smooth, simple operation and gets the thumbs up from my large, clumsy fingers and me.

                The screen is 3.8 inches across, and only marginally smaller than the previous PSP. Indeed, to really appreciate this, you'd have to line the two gadgets up against one another, so the compromise on screen space is negligible. The picture quality is better here, sharper and with a more vivid range of colours, particularly welcomed for the sort of puzzle games that I personally favour. A big downside for me is that you can't take the battery out anymore so you are dependant on having a power source for charging on the move, rather than the back up of a spare battery. With fairly heavy game play, I can get about 8-10 hours battery life out of this, so I guess it could cope with an average return train journey and maybe 1.5 flights.

                The device is equipped with Bluetooth and can also connect wirelessly to your Internet Hub or similar to enable you to download games and other material. This is another crucial thing - the UMD format of the PSP is abandoned here solely in favour of electronic, downloaded games, which, again, helps with the weight of the console. It's reasonably easy to connect to a wireless device, no more or less so than your average laptop and is, of course, dependent on the strength of signal from the hub and the bandwidth of the connection. For the Go, the memory comes via an internal flash drive rather than a hard disk. This presents obvious advantages - bumps and knocks are far less likely to damage the memory, your battery will last longer, you can cope in more extreme temperatures and you've no risk from magnetic 'things' interfering with your hard disk. The downside is that you get less memory for your money and so here you get 16GB as standard (which you can't upgrade) but you can expand this with a memory stick. This is probably enough for around 10-12 games but, crucially, you need to back up to your memory stick to switch games around. I can't help thinking this is a problem to avid gamers, but for me this is more than enough - I never really have more than 1 or 2 games on the go anyway.

                Committed PSP users will find the new button locations difficult to grasp. Key buttons like Home, Start and Select have all moved around and this is a situation where you probably need to decide to abandon one system in favour of the other. The buttons on the top include the volume control, which is a real pain during game play because your attention comes away from the screen. Once you've got used to this, it can work in your favour - games like LocoRoco, for example, lend themselves well to the unit but without experience of this on the PSP, I couldn't comment as to whether this is an improvement or not. Generally, the buttons and pads are a little smaller than the PSP, but still appropriately responsive and, overall, I prefer this to the old PSP. There are other improvements here too. The charger is comprised of a USB cable that clicks into a power plug. The same USB cable can be used to charge via a PC and is also the USB that you use to download games via a PC connection, all of which seems a fairly sensible use of resources. There's some stupid stuff as well, though. Accessories for the PSP like the camera attachment won't work with this, with Sony effectively forcing you to start all over again (remember none of your game discs will work either).

                The software here is largely the same as the standard PSP. I never tried downloading to that console so can't really compare the two, but it seems reasonably slow to me. A 1.5GB film from iTunes takes me about 35-40 minutes at home; a game of smaller size takes, on average twice that. Factor in your own bandwidth connection for sure, but it seems to take a long time to me. Games must be purchased from the Sony Playstation store, which, crucially, needs to be downloaded onto a Windows PC. Yes, that's right; the Sony Store is completely inaccessible to anyone using a Mac. I got round this by setting up my account on a Windows PC and then downloading my content wirelessly through the handset but it still seems daft. It's not the only daft thing. It took me hours just to get the whole thing set up. The software disc supplied in the box was already out of date and, once downloaded, I had to download a second updated version. Once I'd sorted out my account, purchased something and got ready to download it, I then found that the console itself needed a software upgrade. About three hours later, my game was actually ready to play.

                The menu on the console is reasonably straightforward to navigate (although my system memory shows as full without actually showing which games I have on the system). But wherever you need to key in words and numbers, you're taken to an interface that essentially enables you to key things in rather like texting on a mobile phone. It takes some getting used to, but does the job.

                Pricewise, it's a rip-off. Currently retailing at £225 (there are already deals for less than £200) it's still more expensive than the previous PSP and not far off PS3 money and all that comes with it. But the worst thing is that with the console Sony are not passing on the savings from abandoning physical games. Most games in the Sony store are more expensive than their UMD counterparts on the high street (by 25-50%), and you don't even have the opportunity to trade in any more. It's pretty disgraceful that in cutting production costs, saving materials and protecting against piracy, Sony have actually decided to charge the customer more. There's also an extremely limited selection of games to choose from in the PSP store, nothing like the range you can get on disc, which makes no real sense at all. Certainly, if the volume of games doesn't increase rapidly, I can see many of these ending up on eBay come December 27th and two days of eager game play.

                It's for this reason that I'm not sure the Go will take off. It looks great, feels fantastic and ticks all the gadget heads' boxes, but anyone with even the remotest concept of value for money will spot this as a bit of a Sony con. If you're happy to pay the premium for the console and maybe wait to see if the library rapidly increases in range and decreases in price, your investment might just pay off. But the technological advances probably don't offset the consumer negatives here and it's all a bit of turn off. My recommendation is to ignore those Christmas headlines and wait to see what happens to the PSP Go before you decide to invest in one.

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